Making battery cables is one of those tasks where the enjoyment of building a boat wears pretty thin after doing it once or twice. It's just tedious and boring. Dealing with stiff 2/0 size cable is annoying. But it has to be done. Making a battery cable generally goes like
- cut cable to length (with cable cutters DESIGNED for large cable. No, your typical wire cutter/pliers ain't gonna work.)
- on the ends, trim the plastic jacket back about an inch (with a utility knife, careful you don't cut yourself)
- slip the properly sized lug on the end and crimp (with a crimper DESIGNED for crimping large size lugs. No, squashing it with pilers/channel-locks/vise/whatever ain't gonna work.)
- seal the base of the lugs with a generous piece of heat shrink.
|Cables for starter and electronics battery|
|Cables for both house banks exiting the conduit. Yet to find their way to the battery box.|